“Operations Wetback” (Yes, really)

“Operations Wetback” began on June 17, 1954.  Over a 1,000 Border Patrol agents and 750 agricultural agents rounded up tens of thousands of Mexican laborers across the southwest, and deported them by bus, train and boat.   Hundreds of thousands more left voluntarily.   Allegations and reports of abuse, harassment and beatings were widespread.

“Espalda Mojada operaciones” comenzó el 17 de junio de 1954. Más de 1.000 agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza y 750 agentes agrícolas redondeado a decenas de miles de trabajadores mexicanos en el suroeste, y los deportaron en autobús, tren y barco. Cientos de miles más fueron voluntariamente. Las denuncias y los informes de abuso, acoso y las palizas eran generalizadas.

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